App’late Review

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If you like Dropbox, the cloud-based file management app we reviewed last week, you’ll love Box! In this issue, we tell you why. We also review PDF apps that can help with other aspects of your work and an app to enable you to use your iPad in a secure environment.

If you’ve missed earlier issues of App’late Review, you can find them here.






Box is a cloud-based file management service that lets you use your files from any location. The exciting news is that IU has contracted for the “enterprise” version. As a result, every member of the IU community has 50GB of storage — free. This is huge compared to Dropbox’s 2GB free.

To use Box with your iPad, all you need is the free app. With it, you can access existing files and upload new files — including photos and video — from your iPad. The iPad app also coordinates with other apps so you can edit your documents on the go and have them waiting for you when you return to your home or office computer. For more information on all Box can do, click here

Junos Pulse

We all know that it’s important to remember security when using remote applications and transferring information over the internet.  Recommended by IU’s University Information Technology Services (UITS), Junos Pulse provides safe connectivity via the university’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). Download this app and work in an encrypted environment whether sitting at Starbucks or in your home. It is easy to install and engage on your iPad. See these brief instructions from UITS.

PDF Readers

There are many apps for reading and annotating PDFs. Adobe offers a free app that lets you search, zoom, highlight, comment, draw on, and electronically sign PDFs. This free app had problems with large files, but the reviews say that the latest release is more robust.

PDF Reader Pro is a more expensive option at $9.99. It offers an easy-to-use interface along with full annotation support — even sticky notes, shapes, and stamps. Functions with many Cloud services including Dropbox and Box.

Scan to PDF

Use your iPad as a mobile scanner/copier using Scan to PDF. This app converts a photo of a document taken with your iPad into a  black-and-white PDF of the text. Whether you’re doing archival research or simply want to keep track of that article in the New York Times, this app lets you capture documents with the touch of a button.

Scan to PDF is currently priced at $4.99. To learn more, watch the demo video

Written and created by Susan deMaine and Catherine Lemmer with technical support from Hannah Alcasid and Ed Finn.

June 2012, Issue 3